Search Results: "H.L. Mencken"


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"And an excellent introduction for this generation to a man who loves life."
The culling of the best, the choicest passages, from the famous Prejudices, which in their day made Mencken leader of the iconoclasts, shocker of the conservatives, and favorite of the younger generation. Read full book review >

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THE DIARY OF H.L. MENCKEN by H.L. Mencken
Released: Jan. 15, 1989

"Hardly the American Samuel Johnson (as Fecher avers), Mencken isn't even equal to Edmund Wilson, whose own diaries contribute to literary history in a way Mencken's seldom do."
Sealed for 25 years since his death in 1956, the diaries of the once popular critic and newspaperman only now have been edited from the original manuscript, which is three times longer than the selections brought together here by Mencken scholar Fecher. Read full book review >

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A SECOND MENCKEN CHRESTOMATHY by H.L. Mencken
ESSAYS & ANTHOLOGIES
Released: Jan. 30, 1995

"Still, this has everything that puts Mencken alongside Ambrose Bierce and Edmund Wilson in the American tradition of intelligent ornery writing."
Rescued from an abandoned but essentially finished manuscript, the second of Mencken's chrestomathies forms as good a compendium of social and literary irascibility as one could hope for. Read full book review >

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Released: Jan. 19, 1986

"Moving and lively, an epistolary Southern beauty-and-the-beast, with a very sad ending."
As edited and richly introduced by Mencken scholar Rodgers, these are the charming, often rambunctious letters between Mencken and star-crossed Sara Haardt, his admirer and later his wife. Read full book review >

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MENCKEN by Marion Rodgers
BIOGRAPHY & MEMOIR
Released: Nov. 1, 2005

"About the only flaw in the book is the subtitle, for Mencken seems to have been born old if not always wise. A pleasure for admirers of the cage-rattler, and the best Mencken biography to date."
A superb study of the life of the cigar-chomping controversialist, civil libertarian and muckraker who remains the patron saint of journalists, at least of a certain age. Read full book review >

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MENCKEN by Fred Hobson
BIOGRAPHY & MEMOIR
Released: April 1, 1994

"Even as he pursues Mencken's tracks, however, Hobson honors his privacy, respects his truths, and preserves his dignity."
By timing the posthumous release of his personal papers, Mencken (1880-1956) directs his biographers from his grave. Read full book review >

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MY LIFE AS AUTHOR AND EDITOR by H.L. Mencken
BIOGRAPHY & MEMOIR
Released: Jan. 29, 1993

"Often comically brilliant in detailing Mencken's 'sharp and more or less truculent dissent from the mores of my country'—and always brutally frank about others' foibles and his own prejudices."
The unmistakable iconoclasm of Mencken resounds again in this memoir of his early days in the literary trade. Read full book review >

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THE AMERICAN LANGUAGE by H.L. Mencken
Released: June 27, 1936

"Words, phrases, pronunciation, usage, sheer barbarisms and colloquialisms, dialects, sectional peculiarities, place and proper names, etc. etc. An essential item for public and college libraries, and for any private library that pretends to have well rounded reference shelves."
Do you recall that the suggestion was made (in reviewing Herbert's What A Word! Read full book review >

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Released: July 13, 1976

"Would that he were around to write up the '76 election."
The '48 presidential campaign was Mencken's last hurrah; soon he would suffer a massive stroke and dwindle into silence. Read full book review >

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Released: Oct. 1, 1975

"Great fun all the way, and first-rate American prose crisp as a new dollar bill."
Theo Lippman, Jr. supplies a sizable sketch of Mencken to go with this selection of the great curmudgeon's nasty comments on newspaper publishers, editors and reporters. Read full book review >

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"Even while some of the material may seem dated, the Sage of Baltimore is still very much alive- and the practical validity of his judgments as well as the downright vitality of the man endure."
As introduced and edited by Robert McHugh, this collection of many shorter pieces present Mencken in the "role he liked best"- as a newspaperman- beginning with the featured, title piece which first appeared in the N.Y. Evening Mail in 1917. Read full book review >

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Released: April 5, 1948

"Don't consider this as saleable only to those who have the earlier volume — but use as opening wedge to introduce Supplement One."
Supplement One amplified, revised, enriched the first 300 pages- roughly- of the original The American Language. Read full book review >